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Best Muscat Wine

One of the oldest grapes grown to make wine, Muscat has hundreds of varieties, but Muscat Blanc is most widely planted and considered the best.

It's signature aroma is actually grapes/raisins along with coriander, peach, orange, flowers and musk. It's often scorned for being a simple wine with its grapey notes and low acidity; the white sister of Beaujolais that's best consumed young.

However, when well made, it is a refined wine that's beautifully aromatic, almost perfumed. Stylistically, it is light, dry and refreshing; slightly sparkling; and a lovely unctuous fortified dessert wine called Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise in the southern Rhone Valley of France, Muscat de Rivesaltes in Roussillon, Liqueur Muscat (made from Black Muscat) in Australia ("stickies"), and Moscatel de Setubal in Portugal.

My reviews of these Muscat white wines are updated weekly. These Muscat white wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Muscat wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Muscat in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Trius Winery at Hillebrand Artist Series Muscat 2007
Trius Winery at Hillebrand Artist Series Muscat 2007

V.Q.A. Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Alcohol: 11%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml

 

LCBO: 222222  Check Stock

Pelee Island Winery Traminer Muscat 2015
Pelee Island Winery Traminer Muscat 2015

Pelee Island, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada

Alcohol: 12.5%  Sweetness: Medium  750 ml  Drink: 2015‐2017

 

LCBO: 411744  Check Stock

NSLC: 1021371

Muscat, Ca' Del Solo Vineyard, Monterey County 2007
Muscat, Ca' Del Solo Vineyard, Monterey County 2007

Santa Cruz, United States

Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml

 

LCBO: 80012  Check Stock

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery Okanagan Muscat 2014
Township 7 Vineyards & Winery Okanagan Muscat 2014

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada

Alcohol: 12.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2014‐2019

 

BC: 581322  Check Stock

Caymus Conundrum Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Chardonnay Viognier Muscat Canelli. 2007
Caymus Conundrum Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Chardonnay Viognier Muscat Canelli. 2007

California, United States

Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Medium  750 ml

 

LCBO: 694653  38 in stock

BC: 390831  2046 in stock

SAQ: 10921073  125 in stock

NSLC: 1001099


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Muscat

Most Mediterranean wine regions make Muscat-based wines, including Greece and Spain (Moscatel de Málaga). In many areas of France, it's called Muscat Frontignan, but in the Loire Valley it is known as Muscadet.  In Italy, it goes by the alias Moscato di Canelli where it is also the base for asti spumante sweet sparklers.

In South Africa, it goes by Muscadel and makes the wonderful and historic wine, Vin de Constance. California and Chile also produce this wine as it likes temperate climates, but it is prone to disease.

Muscat is often blended with California's White Zinfandel and Alsace's Gewurztraminer to add more fruitiness to the final wine. Muscat Orange, with its orange blossom aromas, does well in California where Quady Winery makes lovely dessert wines called Essencia and Elysium that are perfect with chocolate-orange desserts.

Dry and sparkling styles of Muscat pair well with nuts, smoked ham, soft cheeses, light curries, shellfish, seafood, egg dishes, Asian noodles, risotto and avocado salad.

Drink dessert-style Muscats with dark chocolate, almond-flavored desserts, cakes, gorgonzola and cambozola cheese, bananas flambéed or fritters, mince pies and rhubarb crumble.

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